Watering Livestock? What To Know About Installing And Using Water Tanks

Posted on: 24 January 2019

Providing constant access to water is part of providing good care for cattle, horses, goats, and other species of larger livestock. Without proper hydration, livestock, like humans, can quickly become dehydrated and experience serious health issues or even death. Since many species of livestock must consume several gallons of water each day to remain healthy, using water tanks to conveniently store hundreds or thousands of gallons of water near where the livestock is housed or pastured is preferable. If you are a livestock farmer interested in installing water tanks for livestock use, here are some important considerations: 

Dealing with freezing temperatures

Livestock producers who will be relying on the water tanks to provide water during freezing conditions will need to consider this fact when planning for the installation. If the water tank is one with a capacity of few hundred gallons and an open top, having the installation contractor add a water heating system inside the tank to keep the water from freezing is a good way to handle this problem. 

If the water tank is a closed storage tank meant to serve livestock that will be kept inside large barns or covered sheds during inclement weather, installing the tank inside an insulated, heated area within the barn or shelter can prevent it from freezing and ensure that water is constantly available for livestock needs. 

Providing gravity flow from ponds

Water tanks that will be supplied with water from a pond or reservoir on your land are a good choice for providing water to animals who are pastured away from plumbed barns and outbuildings.

Reinforced concrete or poly water tanks can be installed partially below ground level near a pond or lake. The water tank installation contractor then plumbs a pipe underground from the tank to the water source that will gravity-feed water into the trough. To avoid overfilling or wasting water from the pond, the contractor can install a floating valve that will automatically shut off the water from the pond when a certain depth of water is reached inside the tank. 

In many areas this type of water system will also be capable of supplying water during freezing weather, because the tank is partially buried and the piping is below ground level. 

To learn more about the best methods for installing water tanks to supply livestock needs, contact a reputable water tank installation contractor in your area. These experts can help you assess your water needs and develop a plan to provide a constant supply of fresh water for the animals in your care.